IllinoisBandit wrote:I tend to disagree. I think the goose is cooked here. I'm not quite sure what timescale you're using, but he hasn't been a BIG TIME hitter since 2003...quite average for the three years thereafter. Scioscia batting him in the run producing part of the order is all that's keeping him from being a very, very, empty .280 hitter.
I respect that you disagree. and yes, I meant "big time" back in 2003, but I'm not saying he's that kind of hitter anymore - I made the comparison to Byrnes, Wells, and Markakis - that's
kind of hitter I think he'll be here out. Those guys are starting on a lot of teams in 10+ leagues.
Back in 2000-2003, when he was putting up 90run / 30hr / 120rbi / .300 seasons, he averaged 650 ABs a season (did he lead-off?). His numbers this year in 295 ABs extrapolated to 650 ABs are: 110run / 17hr / 99rbi / .281. If he plays regularly here out - and bats at at least a 550-600 AB/season pace from here out - which he should, that's production that should not be overlooked, imo.